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Search this digital collection of 16,000 historical newspaper articles on notable Wisconsin people and communities.

Learn about our Mass Communications History collections and how to access them.

See an overview of the Society's Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture Collection.

Original, meticulously detailed street-level maps for 325 Wisconsin communities, 1883-1930, originally used to determine a property's fire hazard.

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About Our Wisconsin Name Index

Use the Wisconsin Name Index to browse obituaries, newspaper clippings and biographical book excerpts.

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About Our Marriage Records

Pre-1907 Vital Records Collection

Browse our online index of over 1 million pre-1907 marriage records and see full marriage records on microfilm at the Society's library.

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Visual Materials Subject Overview

Learn about the wide range of visual materials subjects available to view both online and in our Archives

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About Our Labor Collection

See an overview of the Society's Labor Collection.

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About Our Maps and Atlases

Explore our physical and digital collections of more than 25,000 maps and atlases, which focus on Wisconsin, the Midwest, the U.S. and Canada.

See original maps from this Depression-era project that documented Wisconsin's land resources between 1929 and 1949.

See an overview and learn how to access the state archives and government records.

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About Our Civil War Collections

Explore our physical and online collections of Civil War materials including Wisconsin regimental histories, maps, casualty lists, lettters and more.

U.S. General Land Office Surveyors' Field Notes and Plat Maps

Hand-drawn township plat maps and surveyors field notes about tree cover, soils, streams, rock outcroppings, villages, trails and roads from 1833-1866.

Explore millions of pre-1907 Wisconsin Vital Records. Copies are also available for purchase.

Learn how to access and explore the Henry and Elizabeth Baird Papers.

Research your ancestors using our physical and digital collections of over 40,000 U.S. and Canadian family histories.

Among the Top Five Institutions for Genealogy Research in the U.S.

Search the Wisconsin Historical Society's vast family history collections, which are among the top five for genealogy research in the U.S.

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About Our Obituaries

Explore our physical and digital collections of thousands of Wisconsin obituaries.

Search digital records on more than 140,000 historic buildings, structures and objects throughout Wisconsin.

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About Our Social Action Collection

See an overview of the Society's Social Action holdings.
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